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The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists  

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Southern soul artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good southern soul bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top southern soul bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Southern soul groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all southern soul bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest southern soul bands of all time, since the most famous southern soul artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best southern soul music.

You can click on the southern soul band names to see more information about that particular notable southern soul group. If they're near the top of the best southern soul artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top southern soul bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the southern soul band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different artists, like Otis Redding and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Upvote the best artists to see them rise to the top of the list. If you're not a fan of Adele or Wilson Pickett, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in southern soul music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new southern soul bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of southern soul, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into southern soul music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good southern soul bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent southern soul bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best southern soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest southern soul musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular southern soul bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music
2
Wilson Pickett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
3
Sam & Dave is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
4
Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Doo-wop, Soul blues
5
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
ZintleNyembe added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
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Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues
7
Joe Tex is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Disco, Rap music
8
Rufus Thomas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Memphis soul
9
O.V. Wright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rhythm and blues
10
Betty Everett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Country
11
Carla Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul music, Memphis soul
12
Eddie Floyd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
13
Betty Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul music
14
Ben Cauley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul music
15
Jackie Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul music
16
Adele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music
17
Kip Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rhythm and blues
18
Ruby Andrews is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rhythm and blues
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The Subdudes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Soul Bands/Artists
Southern soul, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Americana